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Article: World Heritage Sites in the Philippines - 06 Nov 2007

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.

 

We are inviting members of PHILTOA and DOT accredited travel agencies to develop special tour packages for World Heritage Sites in the Philippines and have them published on this website by sending us an email at info@philcttis.org or ycvelez@infomktg.biz . These include the following destinations:

World Heritage Sites in the Philippines

• Historic Town of Vigan
• Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park
• Tubbataha Reef Marine Park
• Baroque Churches of the Philippines
• Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

Source: The List: World Heritage List

1.)  Historic Town of Vigan
 Philippines
Province of Ilocos Sur
N17 34 30 E120 23 15
ref: 502rev

Date of Inscription: 1999
Criteria: (ii)(iv)
Brief Description
Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.

Justification for Inscription
Criterion (ii): Vigan represents a unique fusion of Asian building design and construction with European colonial architecture and planning. Criterion (iv): Vigan is an exceptionally intact and well preserved example of a European trading town in East and South-East Asia.

2.) Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park
 Philippines
Palawan Province
N10 10 E118 55
ref: 652rev

Date of Inscription: 1999
Criteria: (vii)(x)
Core zone: 5753 Ha

Brief Description
This park features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with an underground river. One of the river's distinguishing features is that it emerges directly into the sea, and its lower portion is subject to tidal influences. The area also represents a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. The site contains a full 'mountain-to-sea' ecosystem and has some of the most important forests in Asia.

Justification for Inscription
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with its underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it flows directly into the sea, and the lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The area also represents a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. The site contains a full mountain to the sea ecosystem and protects forests, which are among the most significant in Asia.
Activities
 The Marine Programme: Related World Heritage Properties
News
 Dec 2, 1999
World Heritage Committee Inscribes 48 New Sites on Heritage List
Links
  WHTour : visit this site in panographies (360 degree imaging)
 Natural site datasheet from WCMC

Source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/652

3.)  Tubbataha Reef Marine Park
 Philippines
Palawan , Region 4
N8 58 E120 00
ref: 653

Date of Inscription: 1993
Criteria: (vii)(ix)(x)
Core zone: 33200 Ha

Brief Description
The Tubbataha Reef Marine Park covers 33,200 ha, including the North and South Reefs. It is a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species; the North Islet serving as a nesting site for birds and marine turtles. The site is an excellent example of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100-m perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons and two coral islands.
Activities
 Philippines - Embedment Mooring System For Tubbataha World Heritage Site
 The Marine Programme: Related World Heritage Properties
Links
 www.tubbatahareef.org
 Natural site datasheet from WCMC

Source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/653

4.)  Baroque Churches of the Philippines
 Philippines
Immaculate Conception: District of Intramuros, City of Manila; Nuestra Senora: Municipality of Santa Maria, Province of Ilocos Sur; San Agustin: Municipality of Paoay, Province of Ilocos Norte; Santo Tomas: Municipality of Miag-ao, Province of Iloilo
N14 35 24 E120 58 12
ref: 677

Date of Inscription: 1993
Criteria: (ii)(iv)

Brief Description
These four churches, the first of which was built by the Spanish in the late 16th century, are located in Manila, Santa Maria, Paoay and Miag-ao. Their unique architectural style is a reinterpretation of European Baroque by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen.

5.)   Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
 Philippines
Ifugao Province, Cordillera Region, Luzon Island
N16 56 02 E121 08 12
ref: 722 
 
Date of Inscription: 1995
Criteria: (iii)(iv)(v)

Inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger: 2001

Brief Description
For 2,000 years, the high rice fields of the Ifugao have followed the contours of the mountains. The fruit of knowledge handed down from one generation to the next, and the expression of sacred traditions and a delicate social balance, they have helped to create a landscape of great beauty that expresses the harmony between humankind and the environment.
Media
  NHK World Heritage 100 Series [Windows Media required]
News
 Dec 12, 2001
World Heritage Committee Inscribes Two Sites on the the List of World Heritage in Danger
Links
  WHTour : visit this site in panographies (360 degree imaging)

Source: UNESCO: The World Heritage List

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